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CINQUE TERRE TRAVEL GUIDE
What to eatLigurian specialties: freshly-baked focaccia bread, farinata (chickpea pancakes), pesto pasta, anchovy-based dishes or served as is with oil and bread, fresh seafood and a fruit cake called pandolce.
What to bring backPaintings or porcelain replicas of the coast’s iconic houses, colourful stoneware anchovies (one of the region’s popular delicacies!), regional olive oil and wine and countless Instagram-worthy photos of the gorgeous coast.
Fun factBefore the beginning of the 20th century, the villages of Cinque Terre were isolated and mainly reached by sea, until the construction of La Spezia railway in 1874. With the towns now more accessible, trails began to pop up between each one, including the footpath linking Riomaggiore with Manarola. It quickly won the moniker of “Path of Love” (Via dell’Amore), because it became a meeting point for lovers from different villages.
Important infoFor more information on all necessary travel documents and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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